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Toro Y Moi Warms Up (MSM)

06 Feb 2013

written by My Spilt Milk

Toro Y Moi Warms Up (MSM)

Originally posted on My Spilt Milk

By Alex Rawls

 

Anything in Return continues the broadening of Toro Y Moi‘s vision. Cool, airy synths and clicking grooves are still prominent in Chaz Bundick’s sound, but his songs are often truly songs this time around. His voice doesn’t simply provide a point for human contact with the tracks; it’s the reason for them. It isn’t his strongest instrument, but it’s easily strong enough, and its slightness gives the album a clearer humanity. You don’t have to imagine a face behind the laptop on Anything in Return; his voice presents a guy negotiating his place in love and life with hope, uncertainty and a little melancholy reserve.

The album starts with a very immediate series of songs, and “Grown Up Calls” and “Cake” are overt dance pop nods, albeit on his understated terms, which gives them charm as he sidles up to the soul man stance and does what he can to inhabit it. Those songs stand out because they’re well-constructed with compelling hooks, and because there are also subtle exercises in mood and genre for contrast. “Touch” is the best of that bunch with a clicking, almost retro percussion track that frames a pillowy bossa nova. “Studies” and “High Living,” on the other hand, get a little too subtle and try to fly on texture when stronger melodies or grooves might elevate the pieces above chillout ambience.

Read the rest of the review and hear new music from Toro Y Moi at My Spilt Milk

 

Toro Y Moi plays Masquerade Wednesday night in Atlanta and The National Friday night in Richmond, Virginia. Tickets are on sale now.


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